What is a Public Adjuster?

When faced with significant damage to your property, navigating the complex terrain of insurance claims can be overwhelming. That’s where a public adjuster comes into play. What exactly is the role of a public adjuster, and how can they assist you during this stressful time?

Decoding a Public Adjuster’s Role in Your Claim

A public adjuster is an insurance expert you can hire to manage your claim for you. Unlike insurance company adjusters who represent the insurer’s interests, they work exclusively for you. Their primary goal is to ensure you receive every dollar you’re entitled to under your policy.

Role of a Public Adjuster

Damage Assessment

A public adjuster will inspect and assess the damage to your property. Furthermore, they will evaluate the scope of repairs and estimate the replacement value for those repairs.

Policy Understanding

They will help you understand your insurance policy, decipher the legal jargon, and ensure you are aware of what is covered.


Public adjusters communicate with your insurance carrier on your behalf, attempting to negotiate a settlement that accurately reflects the damage and coverage.


They document everything you’ve lost and double-check the damage to your property, potentially leading to a larger insurance settlement.

When Should You Consider Hiring a Public Adjuster?

Large or Severe Claims

Public adjusters are particularly valuable for significant claims involving high-value or extensive damage to your property, such as after a fire or a natural disaster.

Claim Disputes

If you are dissatisfied with your insurance carrier’s settlement offer or feel that the claim settlement is too low, they can help dispute the settlement and advocate for a higher payout.

Complex Claims

When you face complex claims involving multiple policies or intricate questions about coverage, a public adjuster’s expertise can be invaluable.


Fair Settlements

Public adjusters are skilled negotiators, fighting for your right to a fair and accurate settlement. This can be hard for a policyholder to obtain on their own.

Time Savings

They handle all the paperwork and communication with your insurance carrier, saving your significant time and stress.

Policy Understanding

Additionally, public adjusters help you comprehend your policy details and navigate the often confusing claims process, ensuring you make informed decisions throughout the entire journey.


Get Referrals

Seek recommendations from friends, family, or online reviews to find reputable public adjusters in your area.

Check Licenses

Ensure the adjuster holds a license in your state. Most state insurance departments provide online license verification tools.


Look for adjusters affiliated with professional associations like the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, ensuring adherence to industry standards and ethics.

Read Contracts Carefully

Understand the fees, services, and terms, outlined in the contract before hiring an adjuster.

Remember, hiring a public adjuster can level the playing field between you and your insurance carrier, ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve after a disaster. Furthermore, by entrusting the complexities of your insurance claim to a skilled professional, you can focus on rebuilding and regaining peace of mind while your public adjuster advocates for your rightful settlement.


The Stock Market Trend and How it Affects Insurance Claim Payments

The Coronavirus has significantly affected the stock market, leading to a sharp and rapid decline in average returns. The forecast indicates further deterioration before any improvement. Given the indefinite duration of the pandemic, the market is likely to continue its decline, contributing to a global economic recession expected to be fully established by the end of 2020. In this article, I’ll discuss how the stock market trend impacts insurance claim payments.

S&P 500 2020 Average Annual Return to Date: -17.55%

NASDAQ 2020 Average Annual Return to Date: -11.81%

Dow Jones 2020 Average Annual Return to Date: -20.53%

According to Marco Trends the market has an average annual return rate of -16.63%, compared to a 11.08-15.4% average return in the previous decade within the same indexes. And while the current rate of return for these markets has stabilized, somewhat – according to Market Watch, the current average rate for the three indexes is 1.05%, and it will take the market some time to recover.

Forecasters predict a further drop in stock market returns by the end of Q2 and the beginning of Q3, which is causing concern. Analyst Charles Dumas suggests that we should regard the notion of the economy rebounding swiftly once the pandemic subsides as unlikely and counterintuitive. This perspective rests on the reality of more than 700,000 jobs lost solely in the United States.

Stock Market impact to insurance and property claims

A common belief is that insurance carriers make their profits by charging and accepting premiums. These premiums are then taken into a pool from which both claims are paid and profits are drawn. And while this isn’t entirely inaccurate, insurance carriers are only marginally profitable if they rely on premiums alone. Insurance carriers, like any business and investor, have shareholders and rely upon the stock market. Insurance carriers profit by investing premiums in stocks for returns before paying claims from the premium pool.

Ultimately, with the stock market in a current downtrend, insurance carriers must find another way to keep profits up. This means the industry is likely to see an increase in denied claims and underpaid claims.

What can a policyholder do? Premier Claims offers not only complimentary policy reviews, but risk-free denied and underpaid claim reviews. Premier Claims offers a comprehensive service, including pre-contract legal and insurance review. Once a client contracts with us, our services encompass legal oversight, meticulous estimating using professional software, and persistent negotiation until claims are maximized.

Concerned your claim was underpaid, or receive a denial?

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Contact us at info@premier-claims.com or 877.219.0049, or use our Claims Intake page to upload your documents and request your free review today!

Written by: Kyle Maring, CEO & Senior Public Adjuster
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